We have an exquisite array of new trims now in stock at Livingstone Textiles that we picked up on our recent visit to the Stitches show in Birmingham.
Imported from India, they have an exotic feel about them and combine sumptuous velvets twisted with metallic threads to create a trim that can also be seperated out top use as individual motifs.
One of our favourites is the embroidered 3″ wide trim seen here in the top of the picture. It has a distinctly Eastern European folk feel to it and would look authentic adorning any dance or national costume. You can see more Boho trims that we have available here.
Please message us through the website if you would like samples of any of our trims, we have a vast range in stock.
At Livingstone Textiles Bridport we are extremely fortunate to live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the British Isles. As well as fast becoming a very popular holiday and tourism destination with its crumbling Jurrasic coastline, the West Dorset landscape is increasingly seen in documentaries, television series’ and as an area in which to make evocative films.
For many of us nothing beats a good traditional costume drama and in the newest screen version of the Dorset Author Thomas Hardys’ beautiful novel, Far From The Madding Crowd, the stunning countryside around Bridport is portrayed with all of its rural charm. While the filming was taking place from various locations around the town and surrounding villages, one film crew pitched camp behind Livingstones and we frequently supplied ribbons, haberdashery, elastic, buttons and various pieces of cloth to the costume department who would regularly pop in to top up their own supplies.
Inspired? Why not host a unique Regency Ball Party? West Dorset has a wealth of beautiful village halls for hire at ridiculously cheap rates and there is a beautiful Regency inspired venue at The Bull Hotel in the town complete with its own Ballroom. Local Folk Bands can perform live music for you at really competitive rates and most can arrange a local caller to teach very simple Playford Dance. For a birthday or wedding, this could be a beautifully immersive experience and at Livingstones we can supply you with authentically styled patterns to sew your own gowns as well as an array of luxury patterns and plains for waistcoats, dress shirts, petticoats and bonnets. Remeber to ask us about joining our pattern club as well to get free patterns and great price offers unavailable online.
We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show. Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you. It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill. Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops. We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend. And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.
Combining stripes with a pattern is always a good thing but its not alwasy an easy thing. We have a smart hanger that does the thinking for you and its put together in colour blocks so the only thing you have to do is match it to your colour scheme.
One of our customers has bought a brand new house in Axminster and has a new grey suite of furniture. She has lime green cushions to cheer it up but wanted something bright but smart at the windows. We helped her to select from this hanger and she chose the pink combination to be made up into Roman Blinds for a large bay window.
The main fabric is called amulet and it is all embroidered onto a linen look cotton. The lattice is worked in long grey stitches and the circles are heavily embroidered in a pink spiral. Edging the embroidered fabric with pink the woven stripe borders makes the blind look smart and picks out the pink embroidery. The maker lined the blinds in stone lining and used the stab stitch method to hold the materials together. This method can be used when embroidery might make it hard to achieve very straight stitching on the show cloth.
England is now at Step 1 of adjusting social distancing measures. This means our stores are still closed to visiting customers. Now the government has adjusted the guidance about making journeys we are restarting our mail order and collection system (free collection from Bridport store only). Our online shop is now reopen but please note there may be delays in putting together your order. If you request to collect your order from Bridport we will contact you when it is ready. Most of our staff are on furlough to protect them financially. This means there may be additional delays in responding to queries. We are expecting to reopen to in-person shoppers with restrictions when the government moves to Step 2, at the earliest 15th June 2020. See our Facebook page for more information and updates.